Sarah M. Catcher, Sarah L. Griffin, Gladys K. Gutierrez-Anaya, Elizabeth A. Larson, Caitlin R. Miller, Dana M. Svensson, Caleb A. Thiegs, Katherine L. Wallerich, Paige A. Wigstrom (Amelia Cheever, Theater) Costume Designs for Arms and the Man, Mother Nature and Tennessee William’s One Act Plays
The Costume Design I Class has been working on several designs over the semester. Students from the class will highlight their favorite designs which may include their interpretation of Mother Nature, a traditional Commedia dell’arte character and their modern interpretation of the same character, designs for George Bernard Shaw’s Arms and the Man set in 1885/1886 and a variety of One Act Plays by Tennessee Williams written between 1936 and 1954. Each design will feature their visual inspirations, historical and abstract research, rough sketches and final color renderings.
Pellegrene Auditorium Auditorium, SJU Art
Art Department (Simon-Hoa Phan, Art) CSB/SJU Student Film Festival
The jury-selected student films will be presented to the public together with conversations with the filmmakers and award ceremony celebrating the best in narrative, documentary, animation, and experimental films. Reception follows after screenings.
Thursday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Pellegrene Auditorium.
Free and open to the public.
Peter Engel Science Center 212, SJU MapCores
Investigate the theoretical return on a solar farm on campus based on (1) general information about solar panels, the local climate, etc and partly (2) by calculating seasonal/average insolation for this latitude. Then summarize the average production values and weigh against the cost.
Simons Hall G10, SJU Political Science
Jake Collins, Diana Elhard (Gaynor Haeg, Political Science) The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: Political Science Honors Thesis Student Reflections 2016
Jake & Diana will discuss the POLS honors thesis process - what went well, what didn't go so well, what their recommendations are for students thinking of doing an honors thesis in the coming years. Cookies too!
Fine Arts Presentations: Art Schedule
2:00 - 2:30 PM
Christine B. Wilda (Carol Brash, Art) Water Seen Through an Artistic Lens
Abstracts_Wilda'>Abstracts Wilda: This research project has primarily involved seeking out various ways that water is used in artistic formats and constantly coming to new conclusions on the position, role, and power level of water in large-scale nature all the way down to my own reflections on water color painting. Historical fountains that capture emotion through water, giant glacier’s path’s that cause the earth to be at their mercy, and handmade paper making are a few of the topics that explore the uses of water in art and the overarching theme and argument that water controls what it encounters. Although there are some topics where water appears to be the material that is manipulated, water is in fact the controller and animator whenever it is used in a primary, direct context. Only when an artist is one or more steps removed from the actual material of water can it supposedly seem to be manipulated. The importances of this topic are in understanding the emotional capabilities that water can create on its own (and with the intervention of artists), in appreciating the limitless, graceful and strong qualities it possesses, and mainly, in discovering the amazing depths and beauties of this mysterious substance called water. This research project began when I noticed a small droplet of water hanging off of a pine needle on an evergreen tree. I could see the image through the droplet was upside down, and I realized just how much I don’t know about water, a material that I already enjoyed very much. This project was meant to help me learn and realize what water is by using art, and I am finding it to be one of the most impactful substances I’ve ever encountered.
3:25 - 3:45 PM
BAC Colman Theater
Sarah M. Catcher (Kaarin Johnston, Theater) Life After London
3:50 - 4:10 PM
BAC Colmman Black Box
Emily Schoenbeck (Kaarin Johnston, Theater) The Road to Cheboksary
Abstracts_Soto,_Doto,_Dak,_McCartney,_Ditzler,_Timmerman,_Dockendorf,_Kollodge,_Turnham,_Xiong,_Vang,_Spear,_Wettstein'>Abstracts Catcher: After a semester abroad in London, England I reflect on my experiences.I will discuss my academic, professional, and personal gains. I will provide examples of how I believe an international experience, such as Study Abroad, has impacted my liberal arts education, studies as a Theater major/Psychology minor, and my future.
Schoenbeck: A presentation on the year long process of writing the play, The Women of Cheboksary. Expect Russian fairytales, strong female characters, and a few puns.
Humanities Presentations: Gender & Women's Studies Schedule
2:00 - 3:00 PM
Briana G. Soto, Chaltu H. Doto, Mary N. Dak, Ellesse S. McCartney, Magnolia J. Ditzler, Alyssa C. Timmerman, Jacob M. Dockendorf, Todd W. Kollodge, Benjamin J. Turnham, Padra M. Xiong, Hli Vang, Sarah N. Spear, Lisa M. Wettstein (Madhuchhanda Mitra, Gender & Women's Studies) Gender Justice: Why Should You Care?
3:00 - 4:00 PM
Alyssa Timmerman (Shane Miller, Gender & Women's Studies) The Representation of Sexual Assault Victims on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Abstracts Soto, Doto, Dak, McCartney, Ditzler, Timmerman, Dockendorf, Kollodge, Turnham, Xiong, Vang, Spear, Wettstein: The students of GEDN 381 class will present six Public Service Announcements addressing various forms of gender injustice that happen all around us but which remain largely invisible. The public presentation of these student-created PSAs aim to create awareness of the "hidden cost" of gender injustice that affects all of us.
Timmerman:I have researched the ways in which both male and female sexual assault victims are represented on the television show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
1:00 - 1:30 PM
Luke Wittman (Kari-Shane Zimmerman, Theology) From Gaudium et Spes to Evangelii Gaudium: Called to be Church
1:30 - 2:00 PM
Molly M. Minnerath (Kari-Shane Zimmerman, Theology) Justice Infused Solidarity: A Look at Living Justly from the Standpoint of U.S., White, Economically Privileged Catholics
2:00 - 2:30 PM
Michael Greenstein (Kari-Shane Zimmerman, Theology) The Evolution Of The U.S. Catholic Hospital: From Sisters In Habits To Men In Suits
2:30 - 3:00 PM
Marcus W. Vievering (Kari-Shane Zimmerman, Theology) Developing the Common Good through Transformative Family Practices
3:00 - 3:30 PM
Kathryn A. Cleary (Kari-Shane Zimmerman, Theology) Liberation for Survivors:
A New Christian Understanding of Suffering and Forgiveness
3:30 - 4:00 PM
Anna Klonowski (Kari-Shane Zimmerman, Theology) Toward Greater Awareness and Reception of the Stranger in our Midst: A Theological Examination of US Latin American Immigration
4:00 - 4:30 PM
Melissa J. Torgerson (Kari-Shane Zimmerman, Theology) God For Us: Examining Divine Impassibility
4:30 - 5:00 PM
Patrick Martin (Kari-Shane Zimmerman, Theology) A Theological Position on Climate Refugees
Abstracts Wittman: This paper will be analyzing two important church documents in order to better understand the Catholic Church. To do this, I will give an analysis of Vatican II’s Gaudium et Spes and Pope Francis’ encyclical Evangelii Gaudium. This will provide insight into what ways the Church has evolved in her understanding of what it means to be Church. It also will help illuminate ways in which the Church has remained constant over the span of about fifty years. In completing such an exercise as this, I argue one is better able to understand the identity of the Catholic Church.
Minnerath: Central to all four Gospels is the call to live radically as a disciple of Christ by being committed to justice and striving to live in solidarity with the most vulnerable of the world. In this paper I will argue that the lived reality of this call to discipleship demands that U.S., white, economically privileged Catholics avoid reliance on “confessional stagnation” and instead focus on genuine repentance, which eliminates guilt and lends to metanoia. This transition moves Catholics to foster a deeper understanding of privileged statuses, while simultaneously transcending these privileged statuses to move into genuine encounter and continued transformative relationship with those living on the fringes of society.
Greenstein: At the core of Catholic health care ministry lays a steadfast purpose of bringing to life Jesus’ mission of love and healing. In today’s ever-changing healthcare landscape, Catholic U.S. hospitals have undergone a change in their mission and thus their identity. This presentation argues that Catholic hospitals need to rediscover the origins of their ministry. This can be accomplished by refocusing their efforts away from mergers with secular entities that deal strictly with life and death issues to mergers that more fully engage the care for the poor and vulnerable
Vievering: The Catholic Church rightly recognizes the power of the family. The Second Vatican Council states, “The mission of being the primary vital cell of society has been given to the family by God.” Families actualize individuals’ potential to love and seek justice. However, the family faces significant struggles. Divorce rates remain high, many leave the church, significant populations live in poverty, and individualism pervades our society. To account for the profound undertaking bestowed upon the family, the Church must provide ministry that encourages social, economic, and cultural transformation within the home and guides the family in promoting the common good.
Cleary: A troubling and often over-looked problem in American society today is sexual assault. While the consequences are severe for the victim of sexual assault, they can also be extremely damaging to communities as well, especially communities of faith. When survivors are part of a faith community, how that community talks about suffering and forgiveness could either lift the survivor up or cause more self-blame and pain. The current way the Catholic Church speaks about suffering and forgiveness can be great sources of pain to survivors. A change in the language of how we talk about these two concepts is essential to make the Church a place of hope and healing for survivors. By using feminist understandings of suffering and forgiveness, the Church can become a necessary place of healing for survivors of sexual assault.
Klonowski: In the United States, our neighbor is Latin America, an area of the world broken by conflict and corruption and whose people seek peace and prosperity, occasionally through migration to this country. Our reception of immigrants from this region, however, is not in accord with the appeals Pope Francis and the Church make of us. This paper argues that in the face of this ever-widening chasm between the obligation from Catholic teaching to welcome the immigrant in our midst and the reality of apathy, ignorance, and even hostility towards immigrants, Catholics must be reminded of our deep involvement in Latin American history, and our responsibility to create a future of possibility for all persons migrating from this area because we share “dangerous memories.”
Torgerson: This paper addresses the multifaceted issue of divine impassibility. It tracks the early church teaching surrounding impassibility, the modern resurgence of the issue, and some important practical and pastoral approaches. By doing so, this paper suggests that the real argument is not about whether or not God suffers. In fact, I do not suggest that we should think one way or the other about impassibility. Rather, this paper frames the issue of impassibility as a discussion about how we experience suffering, healing, and redemption through a God we can know and worship.
Martin: Climate refugees are growing in population due to rising sea levels, increasing water stress in some areas, and they do not have proper mechanisms in place to provide assistance. Many theologians are concerned with the environment in their studies, as well as with migration, but their work has been inadequate in the area of climate refugees. I hope to provide a theological position on this issue which possesses sociological, political, and deeply human experience.
Natural Sciences Presentations: Physics Schedule
2:00 - 2:30 PM
Grant Daniel (Gregory Taft, Physics) Thermal Stabilization and Pulse Compression of a Ti:sapphire Laser
2:30 - 3:00 PM
Cathleen M. Gross (Todd Johnson, Physics) Designing an Interferometer to Evaluate Laser Interference
3:00 - 3:30 PM
Amanda Jendro (Todd Johnson, Physics) Visible Vibrations of an Oboe Reed
Abstracts Daniel: Femtosecond lasers are used for researching ultrafast processes in materials, as well as for new practical applications like micromachining and surgery. Although the pulses from these lasers have a relatively small amount of energy, the ultrashort pulse durations result in the extremely large peak intensities needed for applications. In order for a femtosecond laser to be most useful for applications and research, the shortest possible pulse duration and maximum output power stability are desired. The duration of a laser pulse increases when it interacts with components both inside and outside the laser, like mirrors, prisms and beamsplitters, so a method to compress the pulse is needed to make the pulse more useful. The aim of this research was to increase the usefulness of a Ti:sapphire laser by building a device to shorten the duration of the output pulse and by increasing the stability of the laser output power. The results show an incremental increase in long-term power stability each time one of the laser mirror mounts or prism mounts were replaced with ones having fewer degrees of freedom and less mechanical hysteresis. These and other stability improvements resulted in the ability to perform a “cold start” of the laser that required no adjustment to the laser to reach maximum power output after thermalization. A prism-pair pulse compressor was constructed to use refraction and geometry to compensate for the pulse lengthening caused by the components inside and outside of the laser. Measurement of the compressed output pulse showed a pulse duration of 24.3 ± 0.2 femtoseconds, which was about 7 times shorter than the uncompressed pulse duration.
Gross: In this research project, an interferometer was developed and interference measurements were taken using a red, 632.8 nm laser. The system was constructed with six mirrors, a beam splitter, a platform oscillating at resonance, and an adjustable track to vary the path length. An observed 5.96% of the ideal minimum to maximum constructive and destructive interference was recorded. The smaller observed range shows a strong dependence of intensity on total beam alignment and various other design factors.
Jendro: This experiment examines the complicated vibrations of an oboe reed while it was vibrating due to a process known as ‘crowing’. Since a controlled process of this playing method is not possible, a synthetic setup was created to simulate the crowing of an oboe reed in the mouth. A wet oboe reed was then placed in a clear, acrylic box which was then pressurized to approximately the same pressure an oboist uses to play a reed. This pressure caused the open reed to vibrate as it would when crowed in the mouth. Through use of a microphone and oscilloscope, it was determined from Fourier transforms of the signals that the reed was vibrating at a frequency that varied from that of a standard oboe reed when crowed. Measurements were then taken of the acrylic box and it was determined that the vibrations of the oboe reed were interacting with the resonance of the acrylic box, causing the reed to vibrate at this different frequency. Advances were made towards direct visual observation of the vibrating oboe reed.
Social Sciences Presentations: Accounting & Finance Schedule
12:10 - 12:30 PM
Michael P. Callanan (Warren Bostrom, Accounting & Finance) State Taxes
12:10 - 12:30 PM
Brooke J. Oraskovich (Warren Bostrom, Accounting & Finance) Non-Profit CEO Compensation Fairness
12:10 - 12:30 PM
Hongye Wang (Warren Bostrom, Accounting & Finance) Benefit for working in accounting and Financial Industry